Airs Saturday, January 21 at 12:00 noon. The 2011-2012 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of The Enchanted Island, a world premiere opera written and devised by Jeremy Sams that sets music by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and other composers of the Baroque era to a new, English-language libretto.
Airs Thursday, January 19 at 8:00 p.m. When the discussion of contemporary American acoustic music arises, several different genres come to mind. If the ingredients of the genre include well-crafted songs, vivid arrangements, instrumental virtuosity, splendid improvisation, complete vocal harmony, as well as a mandolin, a banjo, and a dobro, well, the window gets narrowed down. One group that embodies all of these traits is The Infamous Stringdusters.
Airs Tuesday, January 17 at 10:00 p.m. Like many jazz musicians before her, violinist Regina Carter mined her African cultural inheritance through music. Hers is a postmodern approach; her latest record, Reverse Thread, is as likely to source from field recordings of Ugandan Jews as from contemporary Afropop and beyond. It's also delightfully easygoing, intricate yet breezy. Carter and her unique band — featuring kora (West African harp) and accordion — are the first act at the main Fort Stage
Airs Monday, January 16 at 8:00 p.m. A high school quarterback leaves Montana as a promising son and returns years later to reveal a shocking secret; a boy from Sierra Leone describes his transformation from innocent child to cold-hearted soldier; a teenage girl discovers how to control her errant parrot; and a construction worker discovers the up-side of his girlfriend’s one-year prison sentence. Hosted by The Moth’s Senior Producer, Jenifer Hixson.
Airs Monday, January 16 at 2:00 p.m. Celebrating Martin Luther King Day with The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Songs from the Soul features Robert Sims, baritone and Gold Medal winner of the American Traditions Competition. Highly praised for his moving interpretations of African American spirituals, he joins the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in performances of "The Gospel Train;" "Deep River;" "Is There Anybody Who Loves My Jesus;" "I Gotta Home In-a Dat Rock;" "Down to the River to Pray;" and " Glory, Glory, Hallelujah."